Month: March 2014

Streetlights Like Fireworks

My new novel, Streetlights Like Fireworks, is now out and what a great way to kick things off! Check out this nice first review from book blogger, Bayan Basri:

“The pacing was great and the plot was definitely engaging, it keeps pulling at you. Every time I put the book down there was this nagging voice in my head wanting to know more.”

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Don’t stop

I know this might sound a bit like bragging (I hope not) but someone I haven’t actually met emailed me today to say this: “So far both your stories have caught me right away and I don’t want to put them down until I’m done. And they’re fun to read! The characters are great. Don’t stop!”

I may not be making tons of money from my books and I may not be anywhere near the top of the Amazon rankings (some days are better than others—today, actually, brought pretty good news on that front).  There have even been a few times when I’ve asked myself if it’s really worth all the work it takes to publish novels. Not the writing—I love that part, of course—but all the technical aspects to format for print and ebook on various platforms, the costs and time involved in marketing, all that goes into publishing itself making it basically a second full-time job (and distracting obsession).

But when someone emails me and tells me how much they enjoyed my writing, or they leave a favorable review on Amazon or Goodreads, it makes every minute worth it. I started writing hoping someday to be worthy of being read and every so often lately I hear I’ve actually managed to accomplish that with my novels. That, in itself, is a dream come true.

I’m Going to Tell You a Nasty Secret about the Publishing Industry

David Pandolfe:

On rejection, the query-go-round and indie publishing by Lorca Damon. So glad I read this post and thanks to Robert Chazz Chute for reblogging it so that I came to see it.

Originally posted on See Lorca Write:

Years ago, I was one of the sheep. I feverishly queried agents, I kept spreadsheets of where I’d sent queries, I attended conferences with breakout sessions called “How to Land an Agent,” and I even paid for an outrageously expensive annual membership to a certain magazine whose only function in life is to sell magazines to authors who desperately cling to the dream of being published. I not only drank the Kool Aid, I bathed in it.

When I learned about hybrid publishing, I thought, “Oh, I can go ahead and self-publish something, and that no longer disqualifies me from being signed by an agent some day! Yea!” So I did.

In the meantime, TWO earth shattering things happened that changed my entire worldview on the industry. Around this same time, I got a nibble from an agent. She loved my book. We emailed. We even Skyped. We talked books…

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Writer’s A, B, C: Free tools for finding happy new readers

David Pandolfe:

Some great advice for indies from Robert Chazz Chute.

Originally posted on C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m:

1. Anonymity is the problem.

2. Discoverability is the issue.

3. Being broke is the obstacle.

4. Prolificacy is the strategy.

5. Generosity is the solution.

Today, I’ll give you three strategies I’m using to sell more books. First, there’s this:

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This book of suspense is FREE until midnight, March 7, 2014. Have a look, if only to read my favorite three-star review of all time. You might also enjoy it so see for yourself. 

Okay, we all know we can do giveaways to increase our visibility by lowering the risk to new readers, but how to promote it? Here’s what I’m doing:

A. Stop ignoring Facebook groups.

I didn’t mean to ignore anyone. In fact, I’m quite active on Facebook and have made new friends there. After the release of a new book, there’s often a flurry of new friend requests and it’s great fun to interact with readers…

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